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How to Layer Properly for a Spring Summit Hike

Mar 26, 2024 | Hiking Attire

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just dipping your toes into outdoor exploration, one thing’s for sure – mastering the art of layering is absolutely crucial for a successful and enjoyable hiking experience. So, strap on your boots, pack your backpack, and let’s dive deep into the wonderful world of hiking attire!

Base Layers: The Foundation of Comfort
First things first, let’s talk base layers. Picture these garments as your second skin – snug, form-fitting, and oh-so-comfortable. Their primary job? To wick moisture away from your body, keeping you dry and cozy as you tackle those rugged trails. When it comes to selecting the perfect base layer, opt for breathable materials like merino wool or high-quality synthetic fabrics. Not only do they regulate your body temperature like a charm, but they also dry lightning fast, ensuring you stay comfortable and chafe-free all day long.

Helly Hansen LIFA Stripe Long-Sleeve Crew Base Layer

Helly Hansen offers an excellent option: their LIFA Stripe Long-Sleeve Crew Base Layer. The tech-savvy base layer brings you breathable warmth, moisture control, and comfort throughout any sweat-inducing adventure. It’s perfect for sailing, hiking, training, climbing, skiing, and beyond. With four decades of mastery in HH® LIFA® base layer innovation, Helly Hansen is a favorite for avid hikers and beginners alike.

Mid-Layers: Embrace the Cozy Factor
Mid-layers – these are the garments that provide that extra dose of insulation to keep you warm and toasty when the temperatures start to dip. Enter the beloved fleece jacket or sweater – your go-to companion for chilly mornings and brisk mountain breezes. Lightweight yet oh-so-snuggly, a good fleece layer strikes the perfect balance between warmth and breathability. Plus, its versatility makes it a must-have item in any hiker’s wardrobe. Simply stash it in your backpack, and when the sun decides to make an appearance, you’re good to go!

Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Marsupial Fleece

Patagonia makes excellent fleece layers; a great option for women is the Retro Pile Fleece Marsupial fleece layer. Crafted with Fair Trade Certified™ sewing and inspired by Patagonia’s rich fleece tradition, yet refreshed with 100% recycled polyester double-sided shearling fleece, this marsupial design features a spacious front pocket and snug half-zip for unparalleled softness and warmth.

Picture Clothing Dauwy Fleece

As for men, the Picture Clothing Dauwy Fleece is our top pick. Crafted from Polartec® Thermal Pro® fabric, the Dauwy Fleece ensures warmth no matter the adventure. This innovative material dries quickly, resists pilling, and boasts exceptional durability, thanks to its premium polyester yarns. Offering both coziness and style, this fleece delivers warmth without bulk, striking the perfect balance between technical prowess and comfort. Equipped with numerous pockets for added utility, it ensures unparalleled temperature control, breathability, and flexibility during even the most demanding excursions.

Outer Shells: Shield Yourself from the Elements
Now, let’s talk about outer shells – your ultimate line of defense against the unpredictable whims of Mother Nature. Whether it’s rain, wind, or a sudden drop in temperature, a high-quality waterproof and windproof jacket will shield you from the elements like no other. Look for features like adjustable hoods, pit zips for ventilation, and sealed seams for maximum protection. And don’t forget about breathability – after all, nobody wants to feel like they’re trapped in a portable sauna halfway up a mountain! Invest in a jacket that strikes the perfect balance between protection and comfort, and you’ll be ready to tackle whatever the trail throws your way.


Helly Hansen Fernie 2.0 Jacket

Our top choice of jackets is the Helly Hansen Fernie 2.0 Jacket. With HELLY TECH® Performance 2L fabric, you’re assured to stay dry and cozy through any adventure. Plus, Primaloft® insulation ensures warmth during chilly days. Conveniently adjustable cuffs accommodate gloves, while other freeride-specific features like a jacket-pant-compatible powder skirt, higher collar, goggle shammy, and Recco® advanced rescue further enhance your experience.


Helly Hansen Sogn Cargo Pant

As for pants, the Helly Hansen Sogn Cargo Pant is an excellent pick for spring hiking trips. Featuring tons of space with cargo pockets and a beacon pocket for quick access and extra insulation in the seat and knees, it’s no wonder these pants are top sellers.

Accessories: It’s All in the Details
Of course, no hiking ensemble would be complete without the right accessories to keep you comfortable and protected from head to toe. Let’s break it down:

  • Gloves: Keep those fingers frostbite-free with a sturdy pair of gloves. Whether you’re facing mild temperatures or a full-blown snowstorm, the right gloves can make all the difference. Look for options that are lightweight, moisture-wicking, and offer a snug yet flexible fit for maximum dexterity on the trail.
  • Socks: The unsung heroes of hiking attire – your trusty pair of socks! Say goodbye to blisters and hotspots with high-quality hiking socks made from merino wool or synthetic blends. Not only do they provide superior moisture management and blister prevention, but they also offer cushioning and support where you need it most. Trust us – your feet will thank you later!
  • Hats: Don’t let the sun or cold temperatures ruin your outdoor adventures – protect that noggin of yours with a good old-fashioned hat. Whether you prefer a snug beanie or a wide-brimmed sun hat, make sure it offers adequate coverage and protection from the elements. Bonus points if it boasts built-in UPF protection to shield your face from harmful UV rays!
  • Sunglasses: Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh glare. Invest in a pair of high-quality sunglasses with polarized lenses to reduce eye strain and enhance visibility on the trail. Not only will they keep you looking cool and stylish, but they’ll also provide essential protection against harmful UV rays. Talk about a win-win!

Gear Up and Hit the Summit
And there you have it – your complete guide to mastering the art of spring summit style. With the right combination of base layers, mid-layers, outer shells, and accessories, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle whatever the great outdoors throws your way. So, lace up those boots, pack your backpack, and hit the trails with confidence. Not sure if you have everything you need for your first hiking trip of the season? Visit us at Benson Ski & Sport in Derry, New Hampshire to get stocked up on essentials.

About Benson Ski & Sport  

Benson Ski & Sport is committed to embracing an active lifestyle. Seller of winter and summer sports equipment including skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, kayaks, paddleboards, and more. In an effort to be your one-stop-shop for all things ski and sport, we also offer boots fitting services to ensure you have your perfect fit on the slopes. Don’t want to make the investment in equipment yet? Check out our rental and lease programs – there’s something for everyone. Visit our website at bensonskiandsport.com or check out our full stock at our store in Derry, New Hampshire.